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This Christmas will be the first that
the Legal Drivers Project caravan will
be at the Milson Shopping Centre.
To celebrate, it is organising a
Christmas gala which will be similar to
the one held in Highbury each festive
The gala is on tomorrow from 9am
till 5pm, and there will be stalls,
specials, raffles, competitions and food.
The Legal Drivers Project caravan
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way rules which come into effect at
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Since June 1 caravan staff have
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who cannot read the road code and
pass the test without help, for what-
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Tribune he had helped two Samoan
men and one Samoan woman from
Levin, who had been referred to the
Legal Drivers Project by the police.
The two men had not used a com-
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Thursdays and attracts people from
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The Highbury Shopping Centre gala is
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Black gold in the Tararuas
Y'all come see, y'hear: Three of the 16-strong cast from The Beverly Hillbillies, on stage in Pahiatua and
Dannevirke. From left, Leith Marshall as Lieutenant Frank Richards, Hayden Giles (Miss Hathaway) and Terry
Stewart (Milburn Drysdale).
Photo: WARWICK SMITH
By JUDITH LACY
The Clampetts, better
known as the Beverly
Hillbillies, have landed
in New Zealand.
While they are even further
from the Ozark Mountains than
they were in Beverly Hills, they
are taking comfort from the
Six Palmerstonians are trav-
ersing the Tararuas to take part
in Pahiatua Repertory Society s
production of The Beverly
It is the New Zealand
premiere of the stage pro-
duction based on the popular
1960s American sitcom of the
Terry Stewart plays Milburn
Drysdale, the Clampetts
Drysdale does everything he
can to keep his new clients in
Beverly Hills -- and their $25
million in his bank.
Stewart, 53, remembers the
show from his childhood and
enjoyed it and the reruns. The
Massey University plant pro-
duction lecturer appreciates the
Hayden Giles plays Drys-
dale s secretary Miss Hath-
away, whom Giles describes as
an old-maid type dedicated to
her job and her boss.
In the television show Miss
Hathaway was tall and slender,
with no bust, so Giles reckons
he has a physical resemblance.
He is not playing the role
pantomime style -- when a man
plays a woman but everyone
knows he is a man.
Instead Giles is taking a
straight-laced approach, shav-
ing his legs below the knee and
each night putting on a padded
People love squeezing his
enhanced chest, but it is a joy
to take off every time .
Giles, who works for Mana-
watu Office Products Depot, is
also mastering the art of wear-
The 40-year-old wore a dress
to his audition.
It was the first audition I ve
been to where they say come in
and take your pants off .
Leith Marshall said he got
involved in the play as he had
heard good things about
Pahiatua Repertory Society and
friends were involved in it.
The 47-year-old is the IT
manager at Palmerston North
Hospital, with a team of 24
people who look after me .
He plays Midland Oil s law-
yer and a fraud detective.
The Clampetts move to Los
Angeles after Jed discovers oil --
black gold, Texas tea -- on his
The humour comes from the
ensuing cultural clashes, as the
Clampetts bring the ways of the
hills into their swanky new
Stewart said the play was not
all gags -- it has a story running
through it too.
The trio are motivated by the
fun they are having.
Giles said he forgets about
the woes of the world when he
puts on that bra and becomes
someone else. Rugby is some
people s team sport, but his
team sport is acting.
It s like a drug: you get
hooked on it.
Stewart enjoys the creativity
and the chance to extend
The trio were all in Jesus
Christ Superstar and Giles and
Marshall in Miss Saigon.
The Beverly Hillbillies continues
at the Regent Theatre in Pahiatua
on Thursday, Friday, Saturday. It
then moves to the Fountain
Theatre in Dannevirke from
December 7 to 10. Tickets from
The Haberdashery, Pahiatua, and
Paperplus in Dannevirke.
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